Cheese Popcorn Snack Recipe

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"These great snack reminds me of my high school days," comments Denise Baumert of Dalhart, Texas. "My sisters and girlfriends and I would stay up late, listen to music, talk and munch this crunchy treat."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 130 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place popcorn in two 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Drizzle with melted butter. Combine garlic salt and onion salt; sprinkle over popcorn. Top with cheese. Bake at 300° for 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 quarts.
Originally published as Cheese Popcorn Snack in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p64

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Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 244660
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"I made this recipe years ago as stated in recipe. Tonight I made it a little different & it was even better! I have an old fashioned type of popcorn popper (zippy popcorn popper). Before I made the popcorn I mixed together the spices; shredded the cheese & had the butter measured out (do NOT melt). After I made the popcorn I added the butter directly to the popcorn in the popper. I turned the crank to mix. Then I added the cheese & turned the crank to mix. I slowly sprinkled the spices over the popcorn while turning the crank. I divided the recipe by 4. 1/4 c popcorn; 1 1/3 T oil; 1 T butter; 1/16 tsp garlic & onion powder; 1/16-1/8 tsp popcorn salt & 1/2 c shredded cheese. Perfect!"

Tervis User ID: 7904851 3272
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"Hey Brownnoser! U obviously have no taste for good snacks, popcorn cover in real cheeses and melted in the oven or microwave isuch tastier than a cheap synthetic powdered imitation! U people just don't know how it's done."

Alton_Brownnose User ID: 7398530 5881
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"This "recipe" is a complete waste of time, popcorn, and cheese. You like gooey lumps of cheese making the popcorn soggy? Then this may be the recipe for you. I tried it because I didn't have any cheddar cheese powder. Now, after several attempts, I know better. This recipe is just a mess and it ruins good popcorn."

ChocolateSushi User ID: 1704863 3271
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Made this awhile ago and lost the recipe. It is so AMAZING! I add a little cayenne to give it a little kick."

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